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  • This is such an exciting time for Foldscope users! MicroRealms Explorer Cards are a brand new product that I am having so much fun with - and I think that you will, too! These cards provide a whole new way to think about and use prepared slides.
  • It is November and where I live, we are in the midst of fall. Leaves are changing colors and the ground is getting covered in a blanket of leaves and acorns. I have always enjoyed looking at leaves in my Foldscope, and this year was no exception! My Foldscope Mini provided some gorgeous views of the color changing process. And for an added twist, I decided to also take a look at the acorns. Read on to learn how I used reflective lighting on my Foldscope 2.0 to get microscopic views of acorns!
  • Summary:

    • Owl pellets contain the indigestible bones, fur, and exoskeletons of their prey,
    • Owl pellets provide information about the owls that live in an area,
    • Scientists can reconstruct the skeletons of the owl’s prey from what they find in owl pellets,
    • Use your Foldscope 2.0 to take owl pellet dissections to another level and share your pictures and videos on the Microcosmos!
  • Here at my home we are beginning to decorate our house for Halloween. For my family that means - spiderwebs!! This made me wonder what fake spiderwebs look like compared to real spiderwebs on the microscopic scale.Read on to find out what I saw!
  • The ability to discover the microscopic world around you has become more accessible than ever. Read on to learn what makes the Foldscope Mini the perfect microscope for explorers of all ages!
  • Summary:

    • Polarized light only vibrates in one direction,
    • Some materials are birefringent causing color patterns that can be seen with polarized light 
    • Use your Foldscope to record this phenomena and share it on the Microcosmos!!
  • Recently I noticed a lot of mushrooms growing around my neighborhood. There were several clusters of them on the ground and they seemed to pop up overnight. Of course this inspired me to take  a closer look at these mushrooms under my Foldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what I saw!
  • I decided to take a look at an umbrella under my Foldscope 2.0! And it was easy to do. I just clamped my Foldscope 2.0 onto the umbrella canopy - no slide prep required!
  • My daughter was cleaning out her room and found a sea sponge that she had gotten on a trip to the beach many years ago. She kindly gave it to me so that I could take a closer look at it under myFoldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what I saw!
  • It is that time of year when my cucumber harvest is in full swing! There are so many cucumbers ripening at the same time that I can’t eat all of them before they go bad. To prevent the excess from going to waste, I rely on pickling to preserve my cucumbers. This got me wondering, is it possible to see the effects of pickling under a Foldscope? Read on to find out!
  • Summary:

    • Evaporation is the process of a liquid turning into a gas,
    • As water evaporates, any salt dissolved in the water will crystalize and fall out of solution,
    • Share your observations of what water evaporation revealed with your explorations!
  • On a recent outing, I came across a fully intact and newly shed snake skin. So, of course, I did what anyone would do - I took it home to study it under my Foldscope!